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December is here and holiday happenings are in full swing here in Southwest Michigan. Join us all month long for twinkling lights, visits from Santa and his reindeer, and family-friendly celebrations that will have you in the Christmas spirit through the New Year.

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Earlier this year, Forbes magazine published an article about the 10 best places if you want to retire early in the U.S. In it, southwestern Michigan tied for second place nationally and leads the pack in the Midwest.

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One of the keys to successfully taking good photos is dedication. Almost every day I go out for a walk and take photos. However, there is a lot more that goes into frequently creating unique and interesting images. The three ingredients that I am going to highlight today are planning, preparation and patience.

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Fall Paddling on the Galien River

While some fair-weather paddlers pack up their kayaks and paddleboards after Labor Day, others know that September and October are the best months of the year to be on the rivers of Southwest Michigan. The bugs are gone, the temperatures are just right, and the fall colors are in full bloom.

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You may hear a lot about Southwest Michigan and our beautiful sunsets, towering sand dunes, picturesque beaches or the fun events that take place here, but what about the unique communities that make this area so special? Each one stands out with its own character and charm, which is why you’ll want to visit:

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